Nike/LM HS Mid-Atlantic Report: Bordley Lands 600th Win
For Landon (Md.) head coach Rob Bordley, win No. 600 did not mean much in the moment or even after a few days of reflection. Instead, he focuses on two other numbers that he believes have more meaning than what shows up in the win column.
Of greater importance to Bordley are the number of former players that have come back to help him coach the national powerhouse and the number of players that have been through the program.
"We've had a lot of good players go through here," Bordley said. "More importantly, I've had wonderful coaches. Many are former players of mine. I get credit for victories, but I never use the word I. I always use the word 'our' or the word 'team.' I said to my students that I haven't made any saves, I've never won a face-off, I've never scored a goal or shut down any players in my career as a coach. I can't tell you how many times late in a game that someone will make a play."
Among the former players currently on the coaching staff are Conor Cassidy (Class of 2006), Penn Leachman (Class of 1994) and Bordley's son J.R. (Class of 2000).
Mid-Atlantic Boys' Player of the Week
David Metzger, Pingry (N.J.)
Metzger came up big for the Big Blue on Friday night, making 13 saves in a 7-4 win over St. Augustine Prep (N.J.). The sophomore has 89 saves this season and has four games of at least 10 saves, including a 13-save performance against Ridge (N.J.) on April 8 and 12 saves against Immaculata (N.J.) on April 18. Through his first two seasons, Metzger has 205 career saves.
Also notable: Sam Jones (St. Stephen's & St. Agnes, Va.), Michael Reilly (Bergen Catholic, N.J.), Billy Coyle (Malvern Prep, Pa.)
"That's one of the most rewarding aspects of my job," Bordley said. "Even my son J.R., who graduated from here in the class of 2000, he's approaching his 10-year mark here as a teacher. He does all the stuff I'm not very good at. He sends out all the summer emails. To me, that's exciting. The thing I enjoy most is when we have a good win, we have dinner, getting to hang out with guys. I'm heading close to 70, and here's a guy who's 40 years my younger and telling stories of the past. I enjoy hearing the kids' version of what happened in games from long ago."
It's the participation of those coaches and all the players over Bordley's 40 years of coaching that has helped him reach more than 600 career victories.
Bordley's 600th came in a 9-3 win over The Heights (Md.) on April 25. That win came one day after the Bears lost a 6-5 four overtime heartbreaker to St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.) in a big conference meeting.
"[Win No. 600] came on the wrong day," Bordley said. "I told the kids that I don't think about it. I think more about our next game, which is how I think most kids think. I told the kids after the St. Stephen's game that win, lose or draw I was heading over to Bullis to watch them play Georgetown Prep. It's just not been a high priority [thinking about 600 career wins]. My priority is the next game. I guess when I retire it'll mean more to me then than it does now."
Bordley graduated from Landon in 1966 and after graduating from Princeton, he headed back to Bethesda, Md., to become a history teacher in 1970. He took over as head lacrosse coach in 1975 when it was just a four-year-old program.
"When I took over, lacrosse wasn't even a league sport here," Bordley said. "It wasn't until the 80s that the IAC adopted it as a league sport. Then it was St. Albans and Landon. Prep didn't have a program. Bullis wasn't even in the league."
Bordley won 22 consecutive IAC titles between 1981 and 2002 and won titles in 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2014.
And despite all the numbers, Bordley still credits his coaches for keeping things fresh.
"If I have any strength, it's that I bring a lot of enthusiasm to practice every day," Bordley said. "I'm not dogmatic. I'm always looking for new drills, new ways to do things. I love to listen to new ideas. I love new coaches that come in here with a different background."
The Bears (17-2) finish the regular season with a game at Episcopal (Va.) on May 5. If St. Stephen's & St. Agnes loses to Bullis and Landon wins, they'll win an IAC title for the 30th time. If they do not win the regular-season title, they have a shot at No. 30 with the conference playoffs later this month.
Nike/LM Mid-Atlantic Boys' Top 10
1. Haverford School (Pa.), 20-0
2. Landon (Md.), 17-2
3. Boys' Latin (Md.), 14-3
4. McDonogh (Md.), 12-4
5. Gonzaga (D.C.), 15-3
6. Loyola-Blakefield (Md.), 9-3
7. Georgetown Prep (Md.), 10-3
8. Collegiate School (Va.), 19-0
9. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.), 15-2
10. Bullis (Md.), 12-4
Boys' Latin (Md.) seems to be getting hot at the right time of the year. The Lakers have won three straight games, including a 13-11 victory over Loyola-Blakefield (Md.), which created a four-way tie for first in the MIAA A conference. They finish the regular season on the road at St. Paul's (Md.) on Tuesday. ... St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.) may be the hottest team in the Maryland/D.C. area right now. The Saints have catapulted themselves into the lead spot for the IAC regular-season title with six straight wins, which include victories over Landon (Md.) 6-5 (4OT), and Georgetown Prep (Md.) 8-6. With a win over Bullis (Md.) on Tuesday, the Saints will get their first IAC title since 2013.
Once the runaway team in the MIAA A Conference, Loyola-Blakefield has fallen into a four-way tie for first with back-to-back losses. The Dons dropped a 14-10 decision to St. Mary's Annapolis (Md.) on April 29, then lost 13-11 to Boys' Latin on Friday. They finish the regular season at home against Calvert Hall (Md.), but they'll need some help to get the No. 1 seed for the playoffs.
Boys' Games to Watch
Bullis (Md.) at St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.), May 5
The Saints get the nod for a "Game to Watch" again this week after they defeated Georgetown Prep (Md.) 8-6 on Friday. That win put the Saints in the lead for the IAC title, and a win over Bullis would give them their first conference crown since 2013. SSSA is hot right now, winning its last six, which includes an epic four overtime 6-5 win over Landon on April 24. Both Landon and SSSA are 3-1 in the conference, but the Saints own the head-to-head win over the Bears. Though Bullis cannot be overlooked. The Bulldogs are 3-2 in the IAC, and those losses are a 7-6 decision to Landon and a 12-8 loss to Prep. They are riding a two-game winning streak with decisions over St. John's (D.C.) and Episcopal (D.C.).
La Salle College (Pa.) at Conestoga (Pa.), May 7
No matter the records, this is always a fun game to watch against Pennsylvania state powers. These teams account for six of the last seven PIAA state championships. La Salle enters the game with an 8-4 record and back-to-back losses to Inter-Ac programs Haverford School (Pa.) and Episcopal Academy (Pa.). Conestoga is 8-9 and has lost four straight under first-year head coach Brody Bush. La Salle is the Pioneers' final regular-season game.
Nike/LM Mid-Atlantic Girls' Top 10
Mid-Atlantic Girls' Player of the Week
Jennifer Staines, Good Counsel (Md.)
Staines had a big week for the Falcons, scoring 22 goals and dishing out 12 assists in three games. The senior especially came through in a crucial conference meeting with defending WCAC champ Bishop Ireton (Va.), recording six goals and three assists in a 17-16 victory. She had the assist on what proved to be the game-winning goal by junior Alexis Rieu with 45 seconds left.
Also notable: Caroline Steele (Severn, Md.), Emily Cooper (Archbishop Spalding, Md.), Hannah Keating (Agnes Irwin, Pa.), Morgan Day (Kennard-Dale, Pa.)
1. McDonogh (Md.), 18-0
2. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.), 22-0
3. Good Counsel (Md.), 16-2
4. Bishop Ireton (Va.), 16-2
5. Ridgewood (N.J.), 13-0
6. Moorestown (N.J.), 14-1
7. Conestoga (Pa.), 15-1
8. Radnor (Pa.), 14-1
9. Agnes Irwin (Pa.), 15-1
10. Georgetown Visitation (D.C.), 13-6
Archbishop Spalding (Md.), ranked No. 25 nationally, finished the regular season with an 11-game winning streak, which included victories over Severn School (Md.), John Carroll (Md.), St. Paul's (Md.) and public school powers South River (Md.) and Broadneck (Md.). The Cavaliers are the No. 3 seed in the IAAM A Conference playoffs and do have a 16-10 loss to No. 2 seeded Roland Park (Md.), but the Reds have lost back-to-back games to finish the regular season.
Unranked Roland Park (Md.) is the No. 2 seed in the IAAM A Conference playoffs when they start this week, but the Reds need to shake off back-to-back losses to Severn School and Manchester Valley (Md.) if they're going to make a run to the championship game. ... Previously-ranked Episcopal Academy (Pa.) lost two of its last three games. The Churchmen dropped two one-goal games – first a 9-8 decision to Conestoga (Pa.) on April 25 and then an 8-7 loss to Agnes Irwin (Pa.). The Irwin loss bumped them out of first for the IAC, but with three conference games remaining, there is still a chance to earn it back.
Girls' Games to Watch
IAAM A Conference Playoffs, May 4-10
The IAAM A Conference playoffs got underway Monday with the opening round. McDonogh (Md.), Roland Park (Md.), Archbishop Spalding (Md.) and John Carroll (Md.) each had first-round byes and will play the respective winners from the first round on Wednesday. The no-brainer favorite to win it all is McDonogh with its 130-game winning streak and 11-0 conference record. Roland Park gave the Eagles their best fight of the season before falling 18-14 on March 26 and enter the playoffs as the No. 2 seed. However, the Reds lost back-to-back games to end the regular season, including a 23-11 loss to public school power Manchester Valley (Md.). The No. 3 seed Archbishop Spalding might be the team to watch, as the Cavaliers have won 11 straight and posted wins over Severn School, St. Paul's and John Carroll in that span. Spalding lost 14-8 to McDonogh on March 28.
Agnes Irwin (Pa.) at Moorestown (N.J.), May 6
In a rare late out-of-state game, one of the best teams in Pennsylvania hosts one of the best teams in New Jersey. Agnes Irwin is coming off a big win over conference rival Episcopal Academy and is riding an eight-game winning streak. Moorestown has won two straight after losing 11-10 in overtime to Ridgewood (N.J.) on April 25. This game marks the first time the Quakers have stepped outside of New Jersey competition this season, but they finish the regular season at Suffern (N.Y.) on May 9.
Mid-Atlantic Boys' Notebook
St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.) did it again.
The Saints probably were not supposed to be in this position after losing to conference rival Episcopal (Va.) on April 10. But with an 8-6 win over Georgetown Prep (Md.), the Saints now have a good chance to win the IAC regular-season title.
Sam Jones made 13 saves in the win, while Matthew Fisher scored three goals and Ben Martin had two.
SSSA defeated Landon (Md.) 6-5 in a four-overtime game on April 24 to put the Saints back in the hunt for the title, but Prep looked hot after defeating Gonzaga (D.C.) and Bullis in back-to-back games last week. This game changed the landscape. SSSA still has to get through Bullis (Md.) on May 5 to win the title, but the Saints have to be the favorite as the hottest team in the IAC right now. They also have a win over the only other one-loss team, Landon.
West Essex (N.J.) goalie Matt Boyd made his 600th career save during a 7-4 win over Pope John (N.J.) on April 25. The senior now has 630 career saves.
Michael Reilly broke the Bergen Catholic (N.J.) record for most career points with a goal in the third quarter of an 18-7 win over Montclair (N.J.) on Wednesday. The senior has 189 career points on 108 assists and 81 goals. The old record was by Sean McGuire, who had 187 career points and graduated in 2010.
Pingry (N.J.) pulled the upset over St. Augustine Prep (N.J.) on Friday, defeating the Hermits 7-4. The Big Blue dominated, allowing just one goal in each quarter. Prep had won five straight games and was coming off a 9-8 win over private school power Lawrenceville. Their only other losses this year were to Prep School programs, IMG National (Fla.) and Hun School (N.J.). David Metzger came up big for Pingry, making 13 saves. Clay McCollum and J.C. Sorenson each scored two goals in the win.
Mid-Atlantic Girls' Notebook
Caroline Steele had another big game for Severn School (Md.) last week. The senior scored nine goals in a 17-10 win over Roland Park (Pa.) on April 23, then followed that up with an 11-goal game in a 17-9 win over Queen Anne's (Md.) on April 27.
In the rematch between Agnes Irwin (Pa.) and Episcopal Academy (Pa.), it was Irwin who came out on top this time, 8-7. The win avenged a 7-6 overtime loss to Episcopal on April 7 and put the Owls into first place in the Inter-Ac League. Hannah Keating scored four goals, and Lila Barker scored two goals in the win. Goalie Hailey Andress made seven saves for Agnes Irwin.
The meeting of Washington Catholic Athletic Conference powers did not disappoint. The game featured eight ties and four lead changes before Good Counsel (Md.) came out on top of Bishop Ireton (Va.) 17-16. The win gives the Falcons the WCAC regular season title and could be a preview of the championship game later this month. Sophomore Taylor McDaniels had six goals, and goalie Kiley Keating had nine saves for Good Counsel. Kelly Matthews had four goals and one assist, Kelly Larkin had three goals and three assists and Charlotte Sofield had three goals and one assist for Bishop Ireton.
Kennard-Dale (Pa.) senior Morgan Day became the all-time leading scorer in Pennsylvania history with a 10-goal performance in a 24-11 win over New Oxford (Pa.) on April 28. The attacker has 432 career goals, breaking the old record of 430, which was set just last year by former West Chester Henderson (Pa.) player Katie O'Donnell.
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